Van Gogh Museum

Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, 1070 AJ, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 570 5200

- Expensive

4.7

One of the world's most digestible leading art galleries.

Most of the 200 or so works by Van Gogh are displayed chronologically on the first floor. You can chart the artist’s development, from early, gloomy Dutch scenes, to classic, upbeat works in Arles (such as 'Sunflowers', 'The Bedroom') before his mental health deteriorated, then finishing with the melancholy landscapes around Auvers-sur-Oise, painted just before his suicide. On the top floor, there's an extensive collection of art by other leading 19th-century painters. See the website for what's on in the exhibition wing.

Eating

Recommended nearby café options are Bagels & Beans and Cobra Café .

Value for money
3.5
90%

Price advice

Adults 14 euros; under 18s and I amsterdam Card and Museumkaart holders, free.

Expert tips

The Van Gogh museum's shop has lots of lovely posters - but bear in mind that only smaller ones will fit in to carry-on baggage on planes.

Consider investing in one of the excellent audio tours - there are ones for adults (5 euros) and children (2.50 euros). There are also free, challenging treasure hunts pitched at children aged six to 10.

Friday evenings - when the museum stays open until 10pm - are a great time to visit: the galleries are usually uncrowded, there's a civilised atmosphere, and there's always some additional musical or artistic entertainment going on.

If you buy tickets in advance online, you skip the entrance queues altogether and go straight in. You can purchase tickets at home, from some Amsterdam hotels, and from the city's tourist offices. I amsterdam Card (www.iamsterdamcard.com) holders join a shorter queue than the main one.

At peak times, queues are long to get in, and the galleries are unpleasantly packed. Mornings, especially at weekends, and especially when wet, tend to busiest.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Education

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